: any of a family (Equidae) of perissodactyl mammals consisting of the horses, asses, zebras, and extinct related animals

Examples of equid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Whether this was the case for at least some of the equids at Casas del Turuñuelo is still a mystery. Elizabeth Rayne, Ars Technica, 12 Dec. 2023 Present-day equids, including horses, donkeys, and zebras, have only a single toe. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 21 June 2023 In Greek folklore, a donkey — an equid involved in the harvest and production of wine — was the mount that carried the god Dionysus into battle against the Giants, and flutes fashioned from donkey tibiae (which produced a braying-like sound) were used in his worship. Franz Lidz Samuel Aranda, New York Times, 14 Mar. 2023 The study offers convincing evidence that the esteemed kunga did in fact exist, in the form of a first-generation hybrid of a domestic donkey and a wild donkey or other type of equid. Monica Cull, Discover Magazine, 8 Mar. 2022 Cuneiform tablets found in this region discuss an equid of high value, known as a kunga. Monica Cull, Discover Magazine, 8 Mar. 2022 These vehicles were not pulled by horses, but by oxen and other draft animals, or equids such as donkeys or mules. National Geographic, 30 Apr. 2020 Cattle and other livestock can also transmit diseases such as anthrax and babesiosis to the wild equids. National Geographic, 25 Mar. 2020 Bovids, equids and, in particular, canids, were put to work by H. sapiens; felids always took a slightly different view of the matter, but were indulged for their rodent-catching talents. The Economist, 22 June 2019 See More

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Word History


New Latin Equidae, family name, from Equus, genus name, from Latin, horse

First Known Use

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of equid was circa 1889

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“Equid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/equid. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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